Five reasons to check out VIFF LIVE

Louise Burns plays Oct. 3 as part of VIFF LIVE. Jennilee Marigomen photo.

This year, the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival (on until Oct 13) is stepping up its live music component in a big way. There are two nights of bills featuring local musicians, an evening of live music and visuals, and an after-party (Oct. 5, featuring hip-hop artist Nav). All of the shows take place at Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender St.).

Here’s a look at some of the scheduled performances.

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Five reasons to check out VIFF LIVE

UFO death cult thriller, Mexican wrestlers, restaurant mayhem in VIFF’s Altered States series

Friendly Beast is the debut feature from Brazilian filmmaker Gabriela Amaral Almeida.

Amidst all the kitchen-sink foreign dramas, big-name Hollywood blockbusters and poignant, thought-provoking documentaries, the Vancouver International Film Festival also makes room for mind-bending, compelling and sometimes just weird genre (and genre-bending) movies.

This year, the VIFF (Sept. 28-Oct. 13) is once again presenting its Altered States film series. The series features 10 movies that don’t fit in with the regular, more mainstream (read: less gory/perverse/violent) fare. This year’s 10 Altered States run the gamut from UFO death cult thriller (The Endless) to surreal relationship drama (Animals) to weird domestic nightmares (Housewife, Bitch).

Here are five Altered States films that look particularly intriguing. (Note: click on film titles to watch trailers.)

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UFO death cult thriller, Mexican wrestlers, restaurant mayhem in VIFF’s Altered States series

Last days of the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival

Andrew Huculiak's Violent won this year's VIFF awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film. It has one screening left at this year's festival.

Andrew Huculiak’s Violent won this year’s VIFF awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film. It has one screening left at this year’s festival.

If you haven’t taken advantage of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, it’s not too late. There are still four days left before the last movies screen on Oct. 10.

We’ve taken a look at the final days of the fest and come up with some highlights according to date. Note that some of these movies might have other screenings besides the ones listed, and of course there are tons more worthy flicks. You can find a full listing as well as screening times and ticket info at viff.org.

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Last days of the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival